This book is a reclamation of the Mexican tradition of serenading, of demonstrating romantic affection proudly, publicly, and through song. The story follows a young boy learns from his musician father about the importance of this tradition. One day, however, the boy asks his father if a song exists for a boy who loves a boy. The father, surprised by the question and unsure of how to answer, must decide how to honor his son and how to reimagine a beloved tradition. Watch a tradition expand as limitations are lifted to include everyone, all the way to remembering Xochipilli, the Mesoamerican deity of creativity, dance and song. A perfect book to bring together tradition and inclusion, and to support our LGBTQ young ones in knowing that they belong and always have, while providing pride in both our Mexican heritage and our LGBTQ culture and history as families.
About the Author:
Written by Ernesto Javier Martínez Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
Ernesto Javier Martínez is an award-winning writer, scholar, and educator. He was born in Oakland, California and raised by a Mexican immigrant father and a Puerto Rican mother. He earned a B.A. in English from Stanford University, and an M.A./Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Currently, he is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. Martínez has served as the Interim Head of the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Co-Chair of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS), and as a member of the Coordinating Team for the Future of Minority Studies (FMS) research project. He is a recipient of the National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Artist Grant, the Provost's Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, the Vice-President for Research and Innovation Faculty Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.